Articles by: James Swackhammer

James is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Application Expert based in the Javelin Oakville head office

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Adds VDA Balloons

SOLIDWORKS 2021 VDA balloons

VDA refers to a German Quality System, generally used for the automotive industry. This is a highly recognized and respected quality management system, which requires a 90 percent compliance record for formal audits. So, we’re glad SOLIDWORKS 2021 has added these specific balloons in the…

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Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 4

Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 1

This is the last article to wrap up our easy SOLIDWORKS cabinet design series. There will be more in the future with more advanced workflows. In this article we are going to clean up our body properties with materials, descriptions and dimensions. Currently our bodies…

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Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 3

Cabinet design

In part 3 of the easy SOLIDWORKS cabinet making series we are going to add all the extra standard parts for the cabinetry like feet, hardware and a counter top. I will show you how to add parts within a part and position them properly….

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Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 2

In part 2 of the easy SOLIDWORKS cabinet making series I am going to separate the front face of the body for drawers and create bottom door pieces. You can catch up with part 1 here » Continuing with the SOLIDWORKS Split tool because it…

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Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 1

Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 1

In this four part cabinet woodworking series I’m going to go through the steps for designing a large wooden cabinet using SOLIDWORKS, the cabinet shown below is typically for a front entrance way. I have seen SOLIDWORKS used for just about everything. Don’t believe me?…

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SOLIDWORKS In-Context Assembly Display Techniques

SOLIDWORKS In-Context Assembly Display

Remember playing hide and seek with your friends? I played that game with my friends for hours until our moms yelled out the door to get our behinds in the house for bed time. Playing hide and seek with your SOLIDWORKS assembly parts while editing…

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Getting the Perfect SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Miter Flange

Getting the perfect fitment with sheet metal could make you look like a king or queen among designers and friends with the welder/fitters. They shall dance and sing to the all Supreme of sheet metal miters…. Although SOLIDWORKS Miter (mitre) Flange is a command that…

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SOLIDWORKS Fastener Comparison: Toolbox vs Custom Made vs Downloaded

SOLIDWORKS Fasteners

Growing up my dad had a bucket of screws, bolts, nuts and washers. His father had the same. Sometimes I was called upon to find a nut for “this” particular bolt. Cliché’ – needle in a haystack. There is a time and place for SOLIDWORKS…

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SOLIDWORKS Design Time Tracking and SR&ED

When doing SOLIDWORKS design work, time tracking is a great idea. I have done a bunch of time studies in the manufacturing world and this helps dictate how long an expected operation should take. Take your car dealership mechanic for example, if you take your…

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